Today, Blizzard released its latest substantial update for its runaway hit shooter Overwatch and the piece everyone is most excited about is the game's 25th playable hero – Doomfist.
Technically, the character has been available for a while on Overwatch PC's 'Test Realm' but he's now widely available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. That's not the only new thing that hit Overwatch today. You can check out the full patch notes on Blizzard's website, but you can find some of the standout items below.
Defense Matrix – New sound effects and voice lines have been added, indicating when Defense Matrix has absorbed an enemy’s ultimate ability
Deflect – New sound effects and voice lines have been added, indicating when an enemy’s ultimate ability has been deflected
Flashbang – Stunned targets are now slowed heavily, meaning they're less likely to escape while stunned (especially while in the air)
Developer Comment: This change will make McCree's Flashbang consistent against fast-moving targets like Genji or Lúcio.
Shadow Step – Sound effect and VO distance has been reduced by 50%
Developer Comment: Even though Shadow Step wasn't intended to be used as a way for players to teleport right next to an enemy without their knowledge, the sound effects were audible from distances that made teleportation difficult from nearly anywhere. This change allows Reaper to be a bit more sneaky with his flanking options.
Rocket Hammer – Swing speed increased by 10%
Developer Comment: In the last update, Reinhardt’s Rocket Hammer had an issue that allowed players with higher latency to swing faster. We fixed this bug, which suddenly made the swing speed feel too slow, so we’re compensating by increasing his standard swing speed. During this process, we also found and fixed a few bugs with Rocket Hammer’s hit registration. Overall, the hammer should feel much better.
Graviton Surge – Now disables mobility abilities on all affected targets
Developer Comment: In the past, the abilities that allowed heroes to escape Zarya’s Graviton Surge felt fairly arbitrary. We’re cleaning this up and increasing Graviton Surge's overall power by rendering all movement abilities unusable when an enemy is trapped.
Loot Box Updates
"We always want the experience of opening a loot box to feel exciting and rewarding, and in our latest patch, we’re working to improve that experience in two key ways. First, we’re drastically reducing the amount of duplicates you will receive when opening loot boxes. Second, to compensate for this reduction of duplicate items, we’re also increasing the overall amount of credits you will receive from loot boxes. On average, you should be earning just as many credits, if not slightly more, from loot boxes as you did prior to these changes."
Get out there & play!